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4:12 PM, Dec 10 2020

In this topsy-turvy year, AFIA has been yet another casualty. Thanks to the generosity of members in 2019, there were sufficient funds in the account to enable many families to be helped, but alas, this has not been possible. There have only been 2 referrals. The first application was in February, on behalf of 2 grandparents who had just been granted legal custody of 5 grandchildren, and wanted to go on a Caravan holiday in the school summer holidays. All arrangements were in place and then l lockdown happened. As soon as caravan parks were allowed to reopen, the company got in touch, but due to shortage of staff, it proved difficult to finalise details. After many phone calls, and much pulling out of hair! the family were able to have their holiday, and I received a very moving message from the grandfather, thanking Mothers’ Union for enabling them to have a strong bonding experience. The other referral was on behalf of a single father and his children wanting to go to Blackpool. All was arranged and then, sadly, the father had a heart attack, so it is on hold until he recovers – which he is well on the way to doing. We just wait to hear if government restrictions will enable the holiday to go ahead.

All this means that there is still a sufficient amount in AFIA funds for the rest of the year, but if, as I suspect, we get more applications next year, extra donations would be gratefully received. Also, please keep on the lookout for families who need our help. As the financial implications of this year begin to hit families next year, there may well be more and more that we can do.



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